MAKE YOUR HUNT SUCCESSFUL
First things first, you need to consider if you’re looking for new employment after leaving your current employment, or are you searching whilst still currently employed? (For more details on the pros and cons of this to help you decide, go here).
If you’re searching whilst currently unemployed, it’s important to note that the job hunt and re-employment process may take quite a while. Make sure that you have enough of a financial buffer to tide you over until you start earning a salary again. If need be, ensure that you have a ‘Plan B’ in the form of a temporary position somewhere, or odd jobs that you can do to keep your pocket from being empty until you land a permanent position.
A cute email address was great while you were in school, but now it makes you look unprofessional. A simple firstname.lastname@example.org (or whatever email provider you use) will suffice to make you look professional and serious about your application.
We’ll go into more detail about social media at another stage, but we felt it’s important to mention that potential employers DO CHECK your social media profiles, so you should definitely ‘clean up’ anything you don’t want them to see (ie. drunken pics, nude pics, profanity, political inclination, etc).
Another topic we’ll be dedicating an entire article to; some things are important to mention though.
Your resume is what any recruiting manager will be looking at first. This is your ‘introduction’ to a new company, so it’s important to ensure that it’s:
It may be worth your while to upload a video resume to your LinkedIn profile.
Each letter needs to be specific to the company where you’re applying. Don’t write one, think ‘one size fits all’ and then send it off to multiple companies – trust me, they’ll know! Try make it as personalised as possible:
(Again, this is another topic we intend to discuss in more detail in another article).
Before scouring the internet for available positions, remember that your contacts, and your contacts’ contacts, are perfect marketing vessels. As many as 25% of positions are filled by people who were recommended for the job. That’s crazy!
Make it easy for people to contact you and for them to help you. Go out and meet people within your desired industry. Ask to ‘shadow’ someone you admire – this is not just applicable for college students.
Get your name out there!
Ensure you have a suitable interview outfit that is available at the drop of a hat. Recruitment personnel can be incredibly busy and may try squeeze you into an available interview slot with very little notice – so don’t bank on borrowing an outfit from a friend or going shopping when the time comes. You may not have that kind of time available.
Have a printed, well presented copy of your resume available for the same reason.
It’s important to be aware of what you will and will not compromise for a new position – this helps you decide where you should be applying (this article mentions important factors to consider). The following considerations should be taken into account and decided on:
It’s important to be prepared when entering the job market and hopefully the topics discussed with aid you in that preparation.
Use the time between jobs to update your skill set and improve your resume. At the same time, ensure that you don’t over-embellish your resume and get caught with your foot in your mouth when asked about various things at an interview.
Your attitude plays a huge part in both your job hunting as well as the success thereof – take the time to analyse yourself and possibly change certain mind sets that make you come across as negative or a ‘downer’.
If there are factors you think should be added to the list then let us know in the comments section! Any questions or other feedback is also more than welcome and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.